Science & Religion

Science & Religion : A New Introduction

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The leading introductory textbook on the study of religion and the natural sciences, including new coverage of the latest topics in the field


Science and Religion provides students with a thorough introduction to the major themes and landmark debates in the interaction of science and religion. Incorporating history, philosophy, the natural sciences, and theology, this popular textbook examines how science and religion approach central questions and discusses the relationship between the two areas through the centuries. The authoritative and accessible chapters are designed for readers with minimal knowledge of science or theology.


Written by one of the world's leading authorities on the study of religion and science, this fully revised and updated third edition addresses contemporary topics and reflects the latest conceptual developments in the field. New and expanded chapters and case studies discuss Scientism, evolutionary theodicy, the Theory of Relativity, warranted belief in science and religion, the influence of science and religion on human values, and more. The most up-to-date introduction to this exciting and rapidly growing field, this textbook:





Offers an engaging, thematically-based approach to the subject

Provides historical context for major events in science and religion

Explores scientific and religious perspectives on Creation and the existence of God

Discusses models, analogies, and issues at the intersection of science and religion

Is supported by a series of videos that complement each chapter



One of the most respected and widely adopted textbooks in the field, Science and Religion: A New Introduction, 3rd Edition is an ideal resource for college, seminary, and university students in courses in science and religion; church or community courses in the relation of science and faith; and general readers looking for an inclusive overview of the field.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 182 x 245 x 14mm | 504g
  • Wiley-Blackwell
  • Hoboken, United States
  • English
  • 3rd Edition
  • 1119599873
  • 9781119599876
  • 435,360

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THE LEADING INTRODUCTORY TEXTBOOK ON THE STUDY OF RELIGION AND THE NATURAL SCIENCES, INCLUDING NEW COVERAGE OF THE LATEST TOPICS IN THE FIELD

Science & Religion provides students with a thorough introduction to the major themes and landmark debates in the interaction of science and religion. Incorporating history, philosophy, the natural sciences, and theology, this popular textbook examines how science and religion approach central questions and discusses the relationship between the two areas through the centuries. Authoritative and accessible chapters are designed for readers with minimal knowledge of science or theology.

Written by one of the world's leading authorities on the study of religion and science, this fully revised and updated third edition addresses contemporary topics and reflects the latest conceptual developments in the field. New and expanded chapters and case studies discuss Scientism, evolutionary theodicy, the Theory of Relativity, warranted belief in science and religion, the influence of science and religion on human values, and more. The most up-to-date introduction to this exciting and rapidly growing field, this textbook: Offers an engaging, thematically based approach to the subject Provides historical context for major events in science and religion Explores scientific and religious perspectives on Creation and the existence of God Discusses models, analogies, and issues at the intersection of science and religion Is supported by a series of videos that complement each chapter

One of the most respected and widely adopted textbooks in the field, Science & Religion: A New Introduction, Third Edition is an ideal resource for college, seminary, and university students in courses in science and religion; church or community courses in the relation of science and faith; and general readers looking for an inclusive overview of the field.
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Table of contents

Preface to the Third Edition ix


1 Science and Religion: Exploring a Relationship 1


Why Study Science and Religion? 2


The Chessboard: The Diversity of Science and Religion 5


Ian Barbour's Four Models of the Relation of Science and Religion 7


Conflict 8


Independence 9


Dialogue 10


Integration 11


Four Ways of Imagining the Relation of Science and Religion 13


Science and Religion Offer Distinct Perspectives on Reality 13


Science and Religion Engage Distinct Levels of Reality 14


Science and Religion Offer Distinct Maps of Reality 15


The Two Books: Two Complementary Approaches to Reality 15


2 Getting Started: Some Historical Landmarks 19


Why Study History? 20


Inventing the 'Warfare' of Science and Religion 21


The 'Essentialist Fallacy' about Science and Religion 24


Dispelling Myths about Science and Religion 25


The Importance of Biblical Interpretation 28


The Emergence of the Medieval Synthesis 29


Copernicus, Galileo, and the Solar System 31


Newton, the Mechanical Universe, and Deism 38


Darwin and the Biological Origins of Humanity 43


The 'Big Bang': New Insights into the Origins of the Universe 50


3 Religion and the Philosophy of Science 57


Fact and Fiction: Realism and Instrumentalism 58


Realism 59


Idealism 61


Instrumentalism 62


Theology and Debates about Realism 64


Explanation, Ontology, and Epistemology: Research Methods and the Investigation of Reality 65


A Case Study in Explanation: Nancey Murphy on 'Non?Reductive Physicalism' 68


What Does it Mean to Explain Something? 70


Ontic and Epistemic Approaches to Explanation 71


Religion and Explanation 73


Philip Clayton on Explanation in Religion 75


How Do We Decide What is the Best Explanation? 76


'Logic of Discovery' and 'Logic of Justification' 77


Inference to the Best Explanation 79


A Case Study: Darwin and Natural Selection 81


Theory Choice and Religion 82


Verification: Logical Positivism 84


Falsification: Karl Popper 86


Theory Change in Science: Thomas S. Kuhn 89


4 Science and the Philosophy of Religion 95


Science, Religion, and Proofs for God's Existence 96


Traditional Philosophical Arguments for the Existence of God 98


Thomas Aquinas's Five Ways 99


The Kalam Argument 102


A Case Study: William Paley's Biological Argument from Design 103


The Ambiguity of 'Proof ': Justification in Science and Theology 108


God's Action in the World 111


Deism: God Acts Through the Laws of Nature 112


Thomism: God Acts Through Secondary Causes 114


Process Theology: God Acts Through Persuasion 116


Quantum Theory: God Acts Through Indeterminacy 118


Miracles and the Laws of Nature 120


David Hume's Critique of Miracles 121


Keith Ward on Miracles 123


Wolfhart Pannenberg on Miracles 124


Natural Atheology? Evolutionary Debunking Arguments against God 125


Natural Theology: Is God the 'Best Explanation' of our Universe? 128


A Metaquestion: Creation and the Uniformity of Nature 133


5 Models and Analogies in Science and Religion 143


The Use of Models in the Natural Sciences 145


The Kinetic Model of Gases 148


Complementarity: Light as Wave and Particle 151


Analogical Reasoning: Galileo and the Mountains of the Moon 153


Using Scientific Models Critically: Darwin's Principle of Natural Selection 155


The Use of Models and Metaphors in Christian Theology 158


Thomas Aquinas on the Analogia Entis ('Analogy of Being') 159


Ian T. Ramsey on the Model of the Divine Economy 160


Arthur Peacocke on the Theological Application of Models and Analogies 162


Sallie McFague on Metaphors in Theology 163


Using Religious Models Critically: Creation 164


Using Religious Models Critically: Theories of the Atonement 167


Models and Mystery: The Limits of Representation of Reality 169


Ian Barbour on Models in Science and Religion 173


6 Science and Religion: Some Major Contemporary Debates 179


Moral Philosophy: Can the Natural Sciences establish Moral Values? 179


Evolution and Ethics: The Debate about Darwinism and Morality 180


Neuroscience and Ethics: Sam Harris on the Moral Landscape 182


Philosophy of Science: Is Reality Limited to What the Sciences Can Disclose? 185


Philosophy of Religion: Theodicy in a Darwinian World 189


Theology: Transhumanism, the 'Image of God', and Human Identity 192


Mathematics: Science and the Language of God 196


Physics: Does the 'Anthropic Principle' have Religious Significance? 199


Evolutionary Biology: Can we speak of 'Design' in Nature? 203


The Psychology of Religion: What is Religion All About? 207


The Cognitive Science of Religion: Is Religion 'Natural'? 213


Conclusion 218


Sources of Citations 225


Index 245
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"Science and Religion: A New Introduction is now into its third edition and is an excellent introduction to the whole field of science and religion." - Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, Volume 73, Number 1, March 2021
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About Alister E. McGrath

Alister E. McGrath is Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion and Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at the University of Oxford, UK. He is the editor of the Ian Ramsey Centre Studies in Science and Religion and the author of many influential works, including Dawkins' God: From the "Selftsh Gene" to the "God Delusion."
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